State Conference

March 1, 2019  @  Black Canyon Conference Center


Join us at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ for our Annual special education gathering to share legal and teaching information, outstanding presentations and invaluable networking with fellow administrators, educators and education professionals from across the state. 

2019 Keynote Speaker

What Does It Really Mean to be Trauma Invested? Promotion of Resiliency Despite Adversity

Kristen Souers PhotoKristin Souers, MA LMHC - For over two decades, Kristin Souers has dedicated herself to the improvement of people’s lives. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. With a history of working in the fields of early learning, law enforcement, education, and mental health, she has been able to develop an extensive knowledge base. This, partnered with her expertise in complex trauma, the impact of violence, crisis management, counseling, and trauma-informed care, has allowed her to partner with professionals around the development of trauma-informed practices in a multitude of settings.

As an independent consultant and adjunct faculty member at the Gonzaga University School of Education in the Counselor Education Department, Kristin now provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. She has presented to hundreds of audiences, facilitated group learning, supervised internships, directed programs, and supported the learning and growth of countless educators, caregiving professionals, and other individuals.

She is the co-author of the award-winning publication Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Environment (ASCD, 2016) and many articles published in education journals, her most recent “Responding with Care to Students Facing Trauma,” (December 2017/January 2018) have strengthened Kristin’s impact in education.

Legal Issues in Special Education: A Year in Review

attorney_britt_lowell.jpgDenise Lowell-Britt, Esq.

Denise Lowell-Britt is known in Arizona for her expertise and practical approach to the legal issues that school administrators face every day. She provides daily advice and assistance to school districts and other public educational institutions. Ms. Lowell-Britt advises and represents clients in matters that include special education; Section 504 and ADA issues; student disciplinary hearings; student records; and other issues. Denise will provide an update on AZ issues in special education. 

2019 Call for Papers

Call for Papers will be published in September with sessions chosen by a distinguished panel of education based on the conference criteria rubric. Conference schedule will be published by December. All presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference (reduced rate available). 

2019 Day-at-a-Glance and Conference Program

Expect over 30 evidence-based session on current and important special education issues.
Day-at-a-Glance schedule and Conference Program will be available for download prior to March 1, 2019. 

2018 Sponsors (2019 Coming Soon)

Thank you to our breakfast and lunch sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of our I Can Do It Student Awards


2019 Registration

Registration coming soon. 
Conference rate before January 31, 2019:

  • CEC or CASE Member - $125.
  • Non­-Member Rate - $150.
  • Register a TEAM of 3 or more people at the same time - $125 each.
  • Full-Time Student - $79.

Conference rate after February 1, 2018:

  • CEC or CASE Member - $150.
  • Non­-Member Rate - $170.
  • Register a TEAM of 3 or more people at the same time - $150 each.
  • Full-Time Student - $99.


Awards Luncheon

  • The Awards Luncheon will recognize both CEC and CASE awardees and “I CAN DO IT” student award winners! 

Annual General Meeting - 4:15 PM

  • Join the AZCEC and AZCASE Annual General Board Meeting immediately after the conference. The board meeting is OPEN to all members.

  • Nominations are open for several board positions and will be taken at the meeting, see agenda for details. 

  • Hear executive reports from all board positions - 2019 Agenda and 2018 Minutes coming soon. 

Vendor Information

We have new and exciting opportunities for business and organizations to showcase their products services to our members and educational decision makers. Vendor tables available, sponsor a child/student award, or receive recognition as a meal or event sponsor. Download the registration application form for fee and sponsorship information - 2018 Vendor Registration Form 


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